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Aardman Animations helps young animators of the future


Aardman helps young animators

Bristol-based Aardman Animations is helping the next generation of animators make cartoons as part of a national roadshow.

A state-of-the-art truck is going round the country with the creators of Wallace and Gromit on board.

It's hoped a million children will be involved in the Tate Movie project - the first of its kind - which will see their creations made into a film.

The finished film will be broadcast on BBC television in mid-2011.

Meanwhile, CBBC's Blue Peter will be following the real-life production process and encouraging kids to get involved.

Tate Movie executive producer Heather Wright said: "Very much the inspiration at the beginning was 'let's make a film that everyone is really proud of'.

"So take all the ideas, take all the assets and put a professional polish on it.

"We've got professionals as all the heads of the departments but we'll be using all the assets that the children provide"

The truck will travel to 55 locations across the UK, visiting primary schools, family events and festivals.

Tate Movie director Sarah Cox said: "The particular challenge for me is just the time to look and respond to all the amazing drawings and ideas that are coming in.

"But we have a great crew here and we are enjoying every second of it."

The project has been made possible through £3m of funding from Legacy Trust UK.

It will become part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, an organisation which celebrates the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements.

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